Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, whose six-month sentence for raping a young woman drew national outrage, was just released from jail after serving half the sentence.

Turner, 21, was greeted by a throng of reporters as he walked out of the Santa Clara County detention center shortly after 6am local time.

He ignored questions that were shouted to him. 

A native of Greene County, Ohio, Turner is expected to return to his hometown, where he must register as a sex offender as part of his penalty. 

Turner was also given three years of probation to serve.

Turner was convicted in the Jan. 2015 rape of a young woman who had passed out drunk after a party. The six-month sentence, with Turner allowed to serve just half of it, was seen as unusually lenient and prompted more than 1 million people to sign a petition to remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench.

After the sentence, Buzzfeed published in full the powerful letter which was read in court by Turner's victim. She denounced Turner for failing to take accountability for his actions, as his lawyers argued at trial that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Watch the report from Adam Housley above.

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